By Frank Fleischman III (FF3,) Lead Editor Editor’s Note: Belleville Watch has a “no endorsements” policy. Specific mention of candidate’s names in this piece does not constitute an endorsement by Belleville Watch. Last night’s Board of Education Candidate’s Forum was… Continue Reading →
By Frank F. Fleischman III (FF3,) Lead Editor Belleville Watch has issued a challenge to Belleville Board of Education candidates to sign its “Board of Education Candidate Pledge.” A PDF copy of the Pledge has been e-mailed to all candidates…. Continue Reading →
By Frank F. Fleischman III, Lead Editor I think every writer or artist wishes — once in their lifetime — to address a high school or college graduating class. It seems to be a wonderful way to impart one’s wisdom… Continue Reading →
by Frank F. Fleischman III (FF3,) Lead Editor With everything that has happened in Belleville in the past few years, you’d think the media would be falling over each other to report on them. But that has rarely happened. There… Continue Reading →
State Monitor Thomas Egan was assigned to Belleville School District in 2014 to oversee school board financial decisions following the disastrous $4 million deficit the school district incurred. In the beginning, Mr. Egan received public approval in Belleville for controlling spending and preventing bad school board decisions. In recent years, however, Mr. Egan has been physically absent from school board meetings, has seemingly approved controversial school board decisions and spending, and recently overruled a board vote on the School 1 property. Belleville taxpayers have good reason to wonder why.
BetterBelleville — consisting of Mayor Michael Melham and at-large councilpersons Naomy DePena and Thomas Graziano promised transparency in government and a break from Belleville’s political past. We believe they have failed in this endeavor and do not deserve re-election.
Belleville Board of Education trustee Erika Jacho was found guilty of several misdemeanors related to an October 2020 motor vehicle incident. For the good of the community and to provide a lesson in accountability and personal responsibility to Belleville’s children, she should resign her seat.
A recent New York Times article about Belleville painted an idealized picture of the town, especially from a real estate point of view. Here, Belleville Watch highlights some of the things that maybe realtors and politicians would rather not discuss.
By FF3, Lead Editor Two public meetings were held last week. One — the Belleville Board of Education on Monday, January 25th — permitted residents to attend. Since bringing back in-person meetings in late September 2020, the BOE put in… Continue Reading →